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Mark H. Harris

Amazon's Zombieland Series Casts Its Leads

By February 13, 2013

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Tyler Ross and Maiara Walsh
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It looks like we may never see a Zombieland 2 on the big screen, but original Zombieland producer Gavin Polone and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are lining up the next best thing: an episodic series*. The planned 30-minute show won't appear on TV, however, but rather will be the first original scripted series for Amazon,com's video streaming service -- the latest battlefield on which the website is taking on Netflix (which is currently streaming the show House of Cards, with Eli Roth's Hemlock Grove debuting on April 19, followed by the eagerly anticipated return of Arrested Development in May). 

Amazon is moving quickly with its development of Zombieland, recently filling the roles played in the film by Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin with relative unknowns Tyler Ross, Maiara Walsh and Izabela Vidovic, respectively. The remaining major role is that of Tallahassee, played by Woody Harrelson in the film; I'd think that Polone and company would like to have a biggish name to fill that spot to draw more attention to the show, but we'll see in the coming weeks who they find. Director Ruben Fleischer definitely won't be returning, but there's reportedly a very nice replacement in negotiations to take his chair: Eli Craig, who helmed the cultish horror-comedy Tucker & Dale vs. Evil.

*Interesting trivia: Zombieland was originally envisioned as a TV series, but after the networks passed, it became a motion picture, and the world was a better place for it.

Sources: Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter

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